EDISON, NJ – Edison Police Officers were dispatched to the Middlesex County Greenway on a report of a male masturbating in front of two women in their early 50s on Saturday, May 31.
Officers arriving on the scene located the suspect matching the description given by victims near the New Jersey Turnpike overpass.
The suspect was later identified as 20-year-old Shane P. Samsel of Iselin by the victims in a lineup.
Samsel was then placed under arrest and transported to Edison Police Headquarters without incident where he was caught red-handed with a bottle of a personal lubricant in his pocket as well as was found to not be wearing underwear at the time of the arrest.
Bail was set at $2,500 with a stipulation that Samsel not return to the Middlesex County Greenway.
A similar incident was reported on May 20 in Edison, also along the Middlesex County Greenway which is currently under investigation.
“The Middlesex County Greenway is a wonderful resource used by people of all ages and I will continue to ensure that it is adequately patrolled by my officers to allow our residents safe usage of this recreational path,” said Chief Thomas Bryan. “I am very pleased with the quick response and diligent police work in making this arrest.”
Edison Detectives have also sent out information regarding the arrest to neighboring communities to see if they have had similar incidents as well.
“The Middlesex County Greenway is a jewel here in Middlesex County used by walkers, runners, and bicyclists alike year round. Every step will continue to be taken to ensure their safety and security while on the Greenway,” said Mayor Thomas Lanky. “I commend the Edison Police Officers involved in this apprehension.”
The Middlesex Greenway is a hidden open space resource within the communities of Metuchen, Edison, and Woodbridge. Situated on an abandoned portion of Lehigh Valley rail corridor, this 3.5 mile long, 42-acre corridor was purchased by the County of Middlesex in 2002 as a rails-to-trails project for recreational use.